Studio Ossidiana, founded by Alessandra Covini and Tomas Dirrix, investigates architectural materials through experimental research projects. Their recent work "Petrified Carpets" explores the "ideal garden" found in Persian carpets and will be showcased at the Dutch Design Festival of 2016 along with other exhibitions.
"The carpet is interpreted here as a planimetric representation of a garden."
The exhibition is essentially a collection of concrete architectural objects, which represent or resemble specific components of a Persian garden (i.e. the central fountain, the kiosk, the doorways to the garden, etc).
Studio Ossidiana explored various strategies in casting and texturizing the concrete to form specific translations of the acclaimed gardens. Combining pigments, stones, sand and cement in different ratios suggests the multiple contours, tones, and shades of gardens.
Each of their objects possesses a stunning expressiveness that attracts the wandering eye. Having collaborated with the high-end prefabricated concrete manufacturer, Hurks, each object was constructed to expose "lively and bright characters of its material."
Alongside graphic designers Team Thursday, Studio Ossidiana is currently at work on a publication about Petrified Carpets with the photos from Kyoungtae Kim. Their installation — produced for "In No Particular Order," an exhibition curated by Agata Jaworska — was supported by the Talent Development Program of the Creative Industries Fund NL.
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